The Sacred Cut Revisited: The Pavement of the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Florence
The pavement of the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence has been metaphorically compared to a carpet that has been unrolled in a space. It is true in the case of the Baptistery that the motifs in the floor were inspired by the designs in Arabic carpets. But a decorated pavement can do more than merely embellish a monument. The design of a pavement may reveal an underlying ordering principle or philosophy in the architecture.
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